The Bauchi state government has disclosed that preliminary findings from investigation carried out in the state, revealed that the over 200 mysterious deaths experienced in the state were caused by illegal abortions.
The Executive Chairman, Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Rilwanu Mohammad made the revelation while briefing members of Bauchi State Public Health Media Network in Bauchi.
He said the deaths are caused by unplanned and unwanted pregnancies among women who consult quack medical workers. He said the investigation has not been concluded on the development but preliminary findings have shown that the number of deaths could go up by the end of the investigation.
He added that the lack of understanding of the importance of Child Birth Spacing (CBS) by the victims as well as ignorance of what to do with such pregnancy, a development he said has become a major problem to family health issues in the state.
He stressed the need for adequate sex education for the girl-child by parents, opining that if such was done, unwanted pregnancies would be avoided thereby reducing death from complications of abortion,
There was controversy last week Saturday over an alleged huge death of about 110 persons in Azare town, headquarters of Katagum Local Government Area of Bauchi State, within the past two weeks.
A former member of the House of Representatives, Ibrahim Mohammed Baba, had raised the alarm in a letter to the President, Muhammadu Buhari informing him of the death of over 100 persons in the town in the last one week.
He said, “If you go to the graveyard, they have a register there and you would see it yourself. In the last two weeks, they registered more than 286 bodies at the Azare graveyard. The normal death rate in the town was about one to two per day, so you have to raise the alarm when you are burying 200 to 300 persons in two weeks and over 100 per week. Our people are dying, do we have to keep quiet?
They linked the deaths to COVID-19 as the country grappled with the virus in many states. But the People’s Democratic Party-led government in the state faulted the claim, saying as the two politicians belonged to the All Progressives Congress party, the assertion weren’t strange to it.
While Baba said over 100 died within a week in Azare to coronavirus, Azare town claimed that 301 fresh graves were dug at a cemetery located in the heart of the town. In a letter he wrote and dated May 8, 2020 and addressed to the President, through the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, and Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, Baba, who represented Katagum Federal Constituency of the state, said, “The situation has thrown the entire area into great mourning, panic and confusion.”
In the letter entitled ‘Massive COVID-19 outbreak in Azare: Request for urgent action’, he said the proximity of Azare to Bauchi, Kano and some major cities of Jigawa State made the town’s large population susceptible to the virus due to the large cases of the disease in the identified areas.